Student guide

Your team will be presenting your ideas for future transport (local or New Zealand-wide) as either a game or a narrative (which could be a story, photo essay, video, digital presentation etc). Note - you are welcome to include international evidence in your project.

Your teacher will provide guidance.

Here are some handy tips.

Project stages

No project will be the same. And you may jump back and forth between stages. That’s okay – future transport is a complicated field and creative processes are often messy. Here are possible project stages based on design thinking.

Be curious

Start learning about future transport. Look at the ideas bank, follow the news, watch videos. Talk to your friends and family.

Think about people and their needs. What challenges and opportunities does New Zealand have in meeting those needs?

Choose a specific topic. It could relate to your local streets, or a national issue. Let’s call it your focal point. Your focal point could be a question, hypothesis, or design brief.

Get organised as a team. Know your deadline and map your time backwards, so you know how long to spend on each stage. Assign roles and figure out how to make decisions.


Build on your focal point. Find out more information. You might get out in your community or online to use your senses, gather data, survey people or find inspiration for art.

Then: what have you learned? What does your learning mean for your focal point? How can you use your learning to create a game or narrative?


Use your investigation to design a game or narrative that expresses your ideas about your focal point.

You might create a prototype game, script and then shoot a video, sketch out a cartoon, go through rounds of a photo story project, or draft a digital presentation.

As you work on your creation, seek feedback from other people. Do they understand your ideas? Would your ideas help future transport meet people’s needs? Also, check the judging criteria.

Can you improve your design? Your creation will get better if you can respond to feedback and make changes.


You need to include evidence of how you shared your game or narrative in your school community. Some ideas:

  • Share all the projects at a student-led expo or assembly.
  • Upload the game or narrative to your school’s computer network.
  • Share your game or narrative at a parent evening or other school event.